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500 Years of Leonardo, 1519-2019 — The Signs of Time: Leonardo's History of the Earth and the Faith of Man

EVT 594
May 14
7:00 pm
CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center
Status: No Registration Required

On May 2, 1519, the Renaissance artist, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) died at Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, where he lived for the last three years of his life under the patronage of King Francis I. Leonardo could not have anticipated what a global icon of creativity and invention and perpetual museum exhibit he has become five hundred years later.

To commemorate the anniversary of Leonardo’s death, we are sponsoring a year of reflection on Leonardo and his many different legacies. This lecture series, co-sponsored with the Stanford Program in History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of History, will bring distinguished Leonardo scholars to campus to discuss the many dimensions of his work.

For more information on the Spring 2019 course, CLS 88: "The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci: A 500th Anniversary Celebration," please visit the course page.

The Signs of Time: Leonardo's History of the Earth and the Faith of Man

Based on insightful observations and daring hypotheses, Leonardo da Vinci was among the first to hold that Earth has a long history marked by continuous transformations. In his view, these changes could create environmental conditions that would make life of humans and animals impossible. This talk will explore Leonardo's understanding of the geocosm in his notebooks, including the Codex Leicester. Where did Leonardo get his ideas about nature and time, and how did they evolve?

Paolo Galluzzi, Director, Museo Galileo, Florence

Paolo Galluzzi is currently president of the Advisory Board of the National Edition of Leonardo’s Manuscripts and Drawings. He is an Italian historian of science and an internationally recognized scholar of Leonardo’s science and engineering.

Primary Event Organizer: Continuing Studies
Parking Suggestions: GSB Knight Management Center Garage; Maples Lot
Book Sales/Book Signing: No
Audio/Video Recording: TBA
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